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What Happens Now That The Farm Bill Has Expired?

October 29, 2012

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has put together some information on the state of the 2008 farm bill now that it has expired and what it means for many of the programs.  The 2008 farm bill provided unprecedented support for  small and mid-sized farmers and local food systems with programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Beginning Farmer Rancher Program, the Conservation Security Program and the geographic preference for Child Nutrition Program, just to name a few.  So what happens now that the farm bill is expired?  Will these programs continue on? Do they stop? When can we expect a new farm bill to be discussed?  NSAC discusses these and more on their website.


Reposted from the NSAC site:

Path to the 2012 Farm Bill: Farm Bill Expires on Monday — What Does It Mean and What Happens Now?


We have been fielding lots of questions in the past few weeks following the congressional meltdown on the new farm bill.  This is not surprising, given Congress’ failure to date to either pass a new farm bill or to enact a short-term extension of the existing farm bill before the farm bill expires at midnight, this Sunday, September 30.

In an attempt to answer the questions we have been getting in a more public way, we are publishing this post in the form of frequently asked questions.  Interested readers can plow through in order, or jump to any question below:

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